Senator Williams Reintroduces Red Flag Bill
May 3, 2019
Senator Sandra Williams (D- Cleveland) has reintroduced legislation that restricts firearm access to those who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. Senate Bill (SB) 19 establishes a legal process for temporarily removing firearms from the possession of people who display signs of being a danger to themselves or others.
Senator Williams urges Governor DeWine to support Senate Bill (SB) 19, after the administration expresses a willingness to explore these types of gun restrictions.
“With a wide range of individuals and groups supporting red flag laws, it is apparent that this bill has the potential to create consensus and garner bipartisan support,” said Senator Williams. “This is a common-sense measure to tackle gun violence while still protecting people’s Second Amendment rights.”
Following a number of other states, the bill allows for family and household members, as well as law enforcement, to petition the court for a protection order to separate a person in crisis from their firearms. The initial protection order can last up to 14 days, during which, a full hearing with both parties must be scheduled. At that hearing, the petitioner may ask for a protection order for up to a year.
SB 19 seeks its first hearing in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.